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MFB calls for fire safety during World Youth Day

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10 Jul 2008
As thousands of people flock to Melbourne for World Youth Day (WYD), the MFB has raised concerns about visitors’ safety while staying in temporary residential accommodation.

Schools and parish halls that have been temporarily converted into accommodation have been inspected by MFB staff. In most cases, there appeared to be a lack of emergency preparedness, automatic warning systems and response capability in case of a fire.

MFB crews have temporarily installed battery operated smoke alarms in or near sleeping areas in 17 different venues.

Community Safety Director Keith Adamson said that the MFB’s quick action potentially saved lives.

“Melbourne has 5,000 visitors for a short stay in and around the metropolitan area. It is pleasing that the diligence of our staff has potentially helped to avoid fatalities in the event of a fire and kept our visitors safe.

“Operational staff had put into practice their safety training regarding working from heights, because some of these buildings are old with high ceilings,” he said.

The MFB has informed all affected councils, the Building Commission and the CFA of these fire safety issues.


Jessica Warne
MFB Media and Corporate Communications
0400 919 778

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